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Meaning of tree

tree

Pronunciation: (trē), [key]
— n., v., treed, tree•ing.
—n.
  1. a plant having a permanently woody main stem or trunk, ordinarily growing to a considerable height, and usually developing branches at some distance from the ground.
  2. any of various shrubs, bushes, and plants, as the banana, resembling a tree in form and size.
  3. something resembling a tree in shape, as a clothes tree or a crosstree.
  4. See tree diagram.
  5. See family tree.
  6. a pole, post, beam, bar, handle, or the like, as one forming part of some structure.
  7. a shoetree or boot tree.
  8. a saddletree.
  9. a treelike group of crystals, as one forming in an electrolytic cell.
  10. a gallows or gibbet.
  11. the cross on which Christ was crucified.
  12. a data structure organized like a tree whose nodes store data elements and whose branches represent pointers to other nodes in the tree.
  13. See Christmas tree.
  14. in a difficult or embarrassing situation; at a loss; stumped.
—v.t.
  1. to drive into or up a tree, as a pursued animal or person.
  2. to put into a difficult position.
  3. to stretch or shape on a tree, as a boot.
  4. to furnish (a structure) with a tree.

Tree

Pronunciation: (trē), [key]
  1. (Herbert Beerbohm), 1853–1917, English actor and theater manager; brother of Max Beerbohm.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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